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  • Summary: A Bomberman-inspired Spaghetti Western action game with rogue-like elements.
    Wear the poncho of the Bombslinger, a former ruthless bandit turned rancher, as he sets out on a journey to avenge the brutal murder of his wife. Bomb your way through hordes of enemies, defeat your former posse and
    A Bomberman-inspired Spaghetti Western action game with rogue-like elements.
    Wear the poncho of the Bombslinger, a former ruthless bandit turned rancher, as he sets out on a journey to avenge the brutal murder of his wife. Bomb your way through hordes of enemies, defeat your former posse and get to the final showdown with its leader, the Gunslinger.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 90
    With the combination of the easy-to-learn upgrade system, charming aesthetic, and simple tried and true gameplay, Bombslinger completely hooked me in every way. When I started it up for the first time, I had no idea that this seemingly simple Bomberman-like game would have such well implemented depth and addicting gameplay to keep me coming back for more.
  2. Apr 16, 2018
    80
    Bombslinger is an updated take on a classic genre. The game's strengths come from the way it combines the arcade feel of its action with the brutal approach of the rogue-like genre. It's a simple game, but one that offers inventiveness and swathes of charm that should keep players sticking around for a long time after the credits roll.
  3. Apr 13, 2018
    75
    In summary, Bombslinger feels like a mix of several familiar concepts but manages to be greater than the sum of its parts. It's not perfect, with a steep difficulty setting and unfriendly amounts of grinding. The visuals are great, and the overall experience is fun, so you should pick up Bombslinger on the eShop for $12 — unless you hate roguelites.
  4. Apr 10, 2018
    70
    Bombslinger is a decent game, but its brutal and unforgiving difficulty is sure to turn many potential buyers off. Building up a character with abilities, items, and weapons is engaging as you find new ways to deal with what’s put in front of you, but to have that all ripped away upon death is truly heart-breaking. If you can stomach the set-backs then Bombslinger is sure to please, but if you’d rather take your belongings to the grave, you’ll be in for a tougher and more frustrating time.
  5. May 7, 2018
    70
    Bombslinger is a fun time whether playing alone or in a group but its tough and often frustrating difficulty can prove too punishing at times. While I welcome a challenge, levelling up your character and purchasing an assortment of upgrades only to have them stripped away upon death be it through mistake or controller accuracy just plain sucks. That being said, Bombslinger offers enough to make it a nice alternative to Super Bomberman R and its lower price point certainly doesn’t hurt either.
  6. Apr 11, 2018
    70
    Far from being a bomb itself, Bombslinger features a challenging single-player experience and a competent multiplayer mode, but not enough overall compelling depth to keep you coming back for more once the end credits roll.
  7. Apr 26, 2018
    65
    Bombslinger is a nice combination of Bomberman and The Binding of Isaac. But, contrary to the latter, you will be done with Bombslinger in a few hours.

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  1. Apr 12, 2018
    8
    Anyone who is a fan of my channel is well aware that I am a fan of roguelikes so I was very excited to sink my teeth into Bombslinger, whichAnyone who is a fan of my channel is well aware that I am a fan of roguelikes so I was very excited to sink my teeth into Bombslinger, which has just blasted it’s way onto the Nintendo Switch.

    Playing as an ex bandit who has chosen to settle down on his ranch with his wife, only to have that ranch burned down by members of your late posse. Now you are on an explosive revenge mission to settle the score.

    Beginning each new run on your destroyed ranch, you journey out into the world at first with only bombs in hand. Using these bombs to pulverize your enemies and to clear your path. This very simple formula doesn’t take long to learn, but does take a while to master. As different enemy types require very different maneuvers to defeat them without taking any damage. As you defeat stages you earn more XP and level up, each level gives you three random options to choose from strengthen each run. Choosing an extra bomb to drop, more health, quicker spirit regen, or a simple refill health all change the tide of battle greatly and if timed correctly can mean the difference between life and death. Going into a boss battle with only one heart, leveling mid boss fight, then refilling my health and coming out victorious goes to show you that strategy is just as important as perfectly executed gameplay in Bombslinger.

    Opening crates, defeating enemies, or frequenting shops will unlock more items to make each run more unique. Picking up a special boot allowed me to dodge roll, a six shooter for some ranged retaliation, or camouflage for a scarecrow sneak attack kept this cowpoke on his toes. The more unlocks you rack up allow the biggest and baddest upgrade of all. You can begin each run with upgrades that you have unlocked, allowing you to start with more bombs, more health, or crazy cool unlocks like the ability to kick the bombs after you place them, adding an amazing level of gameplay to this potent puzzler. An upgrade that has been my mainstay ever since.

    As you move through each level you collect cash from your fallen foes, this cash can be used to open random loot boxes throughout the world, or in the shop. When in the shop you can pick up some great weapons like a hatchet to throw or a shotgun, when in the thick of the game you can fire these ranged weapons which uses up your spirit, the blue little meter in the top left hand corner of the screen. Throughout my gameplay I didn’t find the ranged weapons to be that much fun, but they are very useful in certain situations i.e. boss fights.

    Which I have to say are really incredible. Some bosses really getting you steamed up until you figure out that perfect strategy to blow them to smithereens. Just as any good boss fight should be...now when going head to head with that damn Ram, I know I will come out on top.

    For such a simple looking game the world is very fleshed out. The ambient sounds do alot to ground you in the environment of the wild west and the simple yet incredibly well executed artstyle looks fantastic. I especially enjoyed the close up pixelated 3d animations and pre-boss battle cutscenes. As normally getting close up to a pixel game is a big mess, in Bombslinger it’s a big and nice surprise.

    If you enjoy a tough roguelike like I do, then bombs away ladies and lads because this game is absolutely for you. In the world of indies, the retro roguelike explores some very interesting genres. From platformer, twin stick shooter, but this bomberman style gameplay which seems so simple at first, but becomes so incredibly complex as it layers up throughout the game. I have heard some criticism for this game being a little too punishing, starting back over when you die without any items you’ve earned, except for additional starting items, but thats the bread and butter of a great roguelike game.

    Please be sure to watch my video review at my YouTube channel TheFlannelFox
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